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Underwater Photography

Wonders await under the waves

By Adorama Learning Center Editors - August 16, 2011


Want to photograph the beauty of what lies beneath the water's surface?

We've brought aboard a world-class team of underwater photography experts to help you get started. Meet Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, our experts.

Michele is a 2011 inductee into the Woman Divers Hall of Fame.  Much of her imagery has appeared in national and international publications. Matt Weiss is the owner, publisher and editor-in-chief of DivePhotoGuide.com, a leading underwater photography media publication with over 50,000 worldwide monthly readers.

Together they'll introduce you to the skills you need—both diving and photographic—to capture great underwater photos. Look for new underwater photography how-to articles, buying guides, and product reviews in the coming weeks and months, courtesy the Adorama Learning Center.

 


 

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Selecting Your First Underwater Camera

When buying a camera, think about the available housings.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, 21 hours ago

So, you have decided you want try your hand at underwater photography. That's great! Now you need to choose the right camera.

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TAGS: compact digital camera,  Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  underwater,  underwater housing,  AquaTech,  Sea and Sea,  Fantasea 

7 Cool Photo Ideas For Barely-Underwater Photography

Shallow underwater photography tips for non-scuba divers

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Mason Resnick, June 26, 2014

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Got a phobia when it comes to getting too deep in the water? You can still shoot great photos while barely breaking the surface.

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TAGS: digital camera,  photo tips,  compact digital camera,  underwater,  waterproof,  underwater housing,  underwater photography 

The Best Waterproof Smartphone Cases And Cameras Right Now

Learn about the best waterproof smartphone cases and cameras available today. Also learn about what to look for in a waterproof camera.

ArticleCompact Digital Cameras Gear Guides & Reviews - by Mason Resnick, May 23, 2013

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Are you the adventurous type? Like to be one with the mud? Want to get great underwater snorkle shots? Don't mind getting wet, gritty, dusty, and dirty? These protective cases for your fragile mobile devices, as well as the latest compact waterproof digital cameras, are designed for you.

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TAGS: digital camera,  summer,  weather,  weather-resistant,  compact digital camera,  underwater,  waterproof,  rugged,  dustproof 

Underwater Photography Composition Basics, Part 2

Avoiding clutter, organizing space, and more!

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, June 27, 2012

In our first Underwater Composition article, we discussed the basic “Rule of Thirds,” and diagonal, curve, and leading lines. That's only the beginning. There are many other things to watch out for when composing your shots.

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TAGS: composition,  underwater,  underwater housing 

Underwater Photography Composition Basics, Part 1

What works on land also works in the water

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, June 12, 2012

Underwater photography is not just about getting the right camera, underwater housing and lights. You need to know the basics of composition to tie it all together.

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TAGS: tips,  composition,  tip,  underwater,  tips and tricks 

Interview: Tom Carey's Secrets to Successful Surf Photography

Catch a wave! A pro surf photographer talks about how he became a "good photographer in bad waves."

ArticleAction Sports Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Jena Ardell, June 6, 2012

Surfing Magazine's Senior Photographer, Tom Carey, discusses gear, egos, getting roughed up by big waves, and what it's like to work in one of the worst environments for photo gear.

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TAGS: canon,  digital,  DSLR,  professional,  strobe,  D-SLR,  photography tips,  photography tip,  Digital photography,  underwater,  strobist,  strobism,  underwater housing,  interview,  Sunpak,  tom carey,  surf,  surfing 

The Secret To Awe-Inspiring Natural Light Underwater Photography

Shoot in the ambient light and go natural

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, May 31, 2012

You don't need massive strobe arms and heads for impressive underwater photography. Try the physical and creative freedom of leaving your lights on land and shooting with just your camera.

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TAGS: natural light,  underwater,  rugged,  ambient light,  underwater housing 

What's The Best Lens for Breathtaking Wide Angle Closeup Underwater Photography?

How to use ultra-wide lenses to reel in amazing close-up underwater photos.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, May 3, 2012

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If you're looking to capture high-impact underwater photography without the backscatter, an ultra-wide lens and closeup photography are your secret weapons.

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TAGS: close-up,  wide angle,  fisheye,  Canon EOS 5D Mark II,  underwater,  underwater housing,  close focus 

The Ultimate Guide to Dramatic Wide-Angle Underwater Photography

Grab your wide zoom, underwater housing and lighting rig, and dive!

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 27, 2012

Are you ready to get serious about underwater photography? Then it's time for you to explore the treasures under the sea, from sunken ships to big sea creatures, with a wide-angle lens.

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TAGS: wide angle,  underwater,  Michele Westmorland,  underwater housing 

How To Avoid Backscatter in Underwater Photography

Particles in the water can run your best underwater photos. Here's how to avoid or remove them.

ArticleUnderwater Photography Techniques and How-Tos - by Michele Westmorland and Matt Weiss, March 20, 2012

One of the biggest challenges of photographing in water—as opposed to air—is dealing with small dust-like particles that are in the water. They are the enemy of underwater photography.

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TAGS: lighting,  underwater,  Lightroom 3,  underwater housing,  Lightroom 4 

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